- A proposal to add a fourth star on the Philippine flag.
- Netizens slammed senator-elect Francis Tolentino’s proposal to add one more star on the Philippine flag.
- The three stars represent Luzon, Visayas (though originally referring to Panay), and Mindanao.
A Philippine elected senator Francis Tolentino suggestion to add another star on the Philippine Flag’s current design with three stars and a sun, did receive numerous reactions (mostly negative) from Netizens.
During the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration held in Davao City, the senator made the suggestion to add a fourth star on the original design of the Philippine Flag, “I propose a fourth star to the Philippine flag. A fourth star to reflect the Benham Rise, the future Philippines, the future land of the next generation of Filipinos.”
The Benham rise is a seismically dynamic undersea district volcanic edge situated in the Philippine Sea that has reportedly gone extinct.
The unexpected suggestion during the country’s celebration of freedom immediately caught the attention of many Netizens who hilariously reacted to it.
The Sun is also a star. Charot! pic.twitter.com/K2ikFHbzX1
— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) June 17, 2019
i realized why tolentino wants to add another star on our Philippine flag is bcs pic.twitter.com/cJYicbRVAc
— yayks (@jjhvvs) June 17, 2019
LOOK: UPLB grad Aldrin Baldemor shares four “studies” for Senator-Elect Francis Tolentino’s proposal to add a fourth star to the Philippine flag pic.twitter.com/yNrTymuKGo
— Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) June 16, 2019
Tolentino finally gets his star. pic.twitter.com/2aRpjLnX9S
— DocTrigz (@TrigzDoc) June 16, 2019
Mfw you realize that the Philippine flag already has four stars on it, so making a law about having four stars on it is redundant. pic.twitter.com/717BzOFGnR
— The Mendiola Files (@MendiolaFiles) June 16, 2019
Additional star sa Philippine flag be like: ARE U PAKING MY COUNTRY??? pic.twitter.com/9fsbu7VtkK
— kyle (@kylejosef) June 16, 2019
Some others felt embarrassed thinking it’s unnecessary and absolutely stupid.
Madadagdag daw ng isang star sa philippine flag!?
Please bakit di nyo unahin ang problema ng ating bansa bakit di nyo bigyang tuon ang kontra droga at ang mga pinangako nyo para sa ating bansa!!! #justsaying
— Kendra (@Kendra80514822) June 15, 2019
" I propose a fourth star to the Philippine flag. A fourth star to reflect the Benham Rise, the future Philippines, the future land of the next generation of Filipinos," aniya.
Senator Francis Tolentino ! what are you saying ? Think hard about what your saying ITS EMBARRASSING https://t.co/Q44eUElPT9
— Jojo Castaneda (@jojo_castaneda) June 13, 2019
Imagine the cost of all the wasted printed flags and the cost of changing them. Imaging the neglect in Philippine history. Imagine the time wasted in the senate which should be used in more alarming cases such as climate change. Tangina don’t waste our taxes just like that. https://t.co/lfkPVyAZfZ
— Clarie Mendoza (@clryelaine) June 15, 2019
Senator Tolentino's proposal to add a fourth star in the Philippine Flag to represent Benham Rise is nothing but to pander to an administration with false sense of patriotism. This jingoism, when we need serious policies and laws that can liberate us from hunger and poverty.
— Jonas Cabiles Soltes (@Councilor_Jonas) June 13, 2019
Before this suggestion was brought to the table, a prior suggestion was presented last year.
The suggestion was brought to the Philippine Senate to compose a bill measure to add a 9th ray on the original eight sun rays in the Philippine flag symbolizing the provinces in the state.
Another ray was proposed to be added to represent the Muslims’ heroism in the country.